This is a challenge for those who are serious about this issue and actually give a damn about their kids. Here is the current federal budget in billions: OtherSpending 199.6 Transportation 102.6 Defense 902.2 HealthCare 846.1 Pensions 819.7 Protection 62 Interest 224.8 -> Better pray there isn't a spike in interest rates! Welfare 451.9 GeneralGovernment 33.6 Education 153.1 TaxReceipts = 2468.6 Deficit/Surplus = -1327 Politics aside what does the MATH say needs to be done? Remember these figures when the bubble heads on MSM start babbling about deficit reduction be cutting one billion dollars here or one billion there. The MATH says something more drastic is required. Here is my budgett: OtherSpending 199.6 Transportation 200 -> doubled budget for infrastructure Defense 440 -> halved defense spending HealthCare 450 -> slash medicare/medicaid Pensions 450 -> move retirement age up to median life expectancy - 7 years. Protection 62 Interest 224.8 Welfare 250 --> cut by 200 billion GeneralGovernment 33.6 Education 153.1 -> kept the same but I want it reorganized. Result: balanced budget. You can prance and cry but MATH is MATH. I pay too much in taxes and I don't trust that the government would just keep on spending beyond its means if they raised taxes.